A visit to the five day market is a must while visiting Inle Lake. These markets get the name – Five Day – because the local tribes rotate between five different locations around the lake over a five day period. We visited the small village of Indein, on the western bank of the lake. Here the locals from the Pa-O tribe come to sell and buy produce and other items such as lacquerware, buddha statues, and other craft items native to their area. A fascinating place to enjoy the scene of various tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
This gal was selling a type of peanut brittle at the market…
…with unique packaging using palm leaves..as nothing in Myanmar goes to waste.
Also within the Indein village area are a number of ancient stupas in ruins with many hidden by overgrown bushes. According to an inventory of the monuments taken in 1999, there’s over a thousand stupas in the area dating between the 14th to the 18th century. So pleasant to walk around with the cool breeze and listening to the melody produced by the chimes of the bells hanging from the umbrellas of the stupas. Why so many stupas? It’s believed that by building or donating a stupa, you’ll receive merit and therefore be free from some of your sins.
If only there had been that wonderful magic light from the morning and evening to photograph, but when traveling that isn’t always possible. Wabi-sabi heaven!